the future

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, is the gateway to a world of wonder. U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) STEM professionals work at the leading edge of our nation’s most advanced technological breakthroughs. STEM is our future.


Participate in STEM

DoD STEM supports a wide variety of activities including after-school programs, competitions, and internships for students and professional development and training for educators. Learn about upcoming STEM opportunities in your area or online.

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Upcoming STEM Events & Deadlines

Sep, 2023
Oct, 2023

Sep 1, 2023Oct 31, 2023

Application Deadline
Aug, 2023
Nov, 2023

Aug 1, 2023Nov 1, 2023

Application Deadline


DoD STEM partners with organizations nationwide to offer resources for students, parents, educators, mentors, and more! From math clubs to robotics competitions, the Explore section has something for everyone interested in STEM.


Find DoD STEM & STEM Partners

DoD STEM partners offer a broad range of instructional aides, activities and events to make learning STEM fun and exciting.

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Video Library

Check out videos of DoD STEM professionals as they explore scientific and technical efforts at DoD laboratories nationwide.

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What are you interested in?

Want to be a robotics engineer or a chemist? View different types of STEM careers.

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STEM professionals and alumni who are making an impact through STEM.

Meet STEM Professionals & Alumni

Dr. Abigail Juhl
Dr. Abigail Juhl
Materials Research Engineer, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory
Dasia Taylor
Dasia Taylor
Student Scientist, University of Iowa

Check Out the Latest Featured Happenings

DoD STEM-sponsored teams at 2023 <em>FIRST</em> Championship in Houston

“The Department of Defense needs talented folks like you to solve complex problems that our scientists and engineers are faced with every day to ensure that our nation remains safe.”

Louie Lopez
Director, DoD STEM

Featured Blog Post

Student Robotics Teams Celebrate Innovation at FIRST Championship

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) enthusiasts gathered in record-breaking numbers to recognize the accomplishments of student innovators at the 2023 FIRST Championship. Student teams addressed renewable energy challenges using advanced computer vision, intake systems, and autonomous programming.

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About DoD STEM

DoD STEM supports hands-on learning opportunities, teacher enrichment, scholarships, internships and fellowships to inspire and cultivate a diverse pool of exceptional STEM talent. As the government’s largest employer of STEM professionals, the U.S. Department of Defense is committed to increasing the pipeline of candidates qualified for technical careers.

There are nearly300,000DoD STEM Professionals
60,000+of DoD STEM Professionals work in over 200 DoD Laboratories and Centers